On Sunday, Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the World Equestrian Games which are currently under way in Kakegawa City. For this event, the princess, who is Honorary President of the Japanese Equestrian Federation, repeated the pale periwinkle blue hat we saw her wear just a few weeks ago. During its last outing, we caught a glimpse of the raised brim on the other side of the hat – a brim that made the hat look like a bowler. From this side, however, the hat follows a traditional cloche shape. I think we need to see a more complete view of this half-bowler-half-cloche to award a final verdict. Shape aside, the colour is lovely, isn’t it?
Previously Worn: February 26, 2015
Photo from S. Shimbun
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who passed away on this day in 2002. I can’t think of any other royal who has worn a halo brim as well (or as often!) as she.
Queen Elizabeth on a March 17, 1984 visit to Munster, Germany
Photo from Getty as indicated
During King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s recent trip to Denmark and Germany, Máxima repeated her large grey felt hat with ‘slice’ diagonally folded brim designed by Fabienne Delvigne. We have seen this hat five times, each time worn with a different ensemble. Which outfit do you think works best with this hat?
Look 1: Début with a lilac beaded tunic and grey pencil skirt for the October 5, 2013 wedding of Prince Jaime of Bourbon Parma
Look 2: A NATAN grey draped sheath dress and gold accessories to open the FrieslandCampina Innovation Centre in Wageningen on October 16, 2013
Look 3: A grey pinstriped NATAN coat and checked dress for the January 30, 2014 opening of Lely Group’s new campus in Maasslius
Look 4: A charcoal, brown and khaki green colour blocked NATAN dress during the Swedish State Visit, April 5, 2014
Look 5: A vibrant grey and orange cowl necked dress from NATAN on a February 17, 2015 visit to the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Drenthe
Look 6: Visiting Hamburg on March 19, 2015 in a tri-toned NATAN dress and coordinating oatmeal hued jacket
UPDATE Look 7: Máxima added a seventh pairing with this hat on her and the king’s February 16, 2016 visit to West-Brabant. Her black and white printed dress and grey belted cape coat are by NATAN.
Photos from Getty as indicated; Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press Europe; Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk, Albert Nieboer, Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Michel Porro via Getty and Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis